Friday, 20 October 2017

Our View (4-10-2017): Fantastic field days, but pain on the way

CONGRATULATIONS to all involved in running another massive Yorke Peninsula Field Days.

The event is always a huge boon for the region and this year was no exception thanks to the hard work of the YP Field Days committee. Community groups were run off their feet and no doubt raised some much-needed funds whilst, as always, the event provided a fantastic networking opportunity for businesspeople, farmers and others.

Outside of the packed grounds, benefits flowed through local towns as visitors came from far and wide, many requiring accommodation, fuel and more.

Thankfully, after a dry start to the growing season, visitors could also see promising local crops. Things are looking up for our farmers, which is a great sign for the entire peninsula. When farmers have a good year that money flows on through other businesses and makes for a robust local economy.

Alas, harvest just became more challenging as we today reveal the Federation Corner roundabout project will be under construction almost the entire time.

Anyone transporting grain through the junction, at the corner of the Copper Coast and Yorke Highways, can expect delays. This will affect all in and outgoing traffic between the peninsula and Port Wakefield. Hold ups will be exacerbated by all the cars, boats and caravans also trying to navigate through the roadworks during the summer holidays.

The roundabout was always going to cause inconvenience during construction, but the timing could not be worse for motorists. It seems those responsible have made the decision based on avoiding the rain, among other considerations, at the expense of traffic flow. Shudder to think what could happen if the traffic banks all the way back from Wakefield, as has happened in the past.

When completed, the roundabout will be designed to slow cars down at that notorious intersection. Drivers should have had plenty of practise driving slowly through there by then.

Nick Perry, Editor
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